Special themes were reworked in various media throughout his life. Of the Athos theme, for instance, Sokolov said in a television interview: “After finishing the silkscreen cycle I put the work to one side for a time and returned to it a year to eighteen months later <…>. And then there came to me – I made – a small series in dry point, not more than 15 or 16 engravings <…>, among which were the Three Monks I had sketched during All Night Vigil at the Panteleimon Monastery. In that second visit to the theme there was more generalisation than in the first variant which, essentially, was my immediate impression of Mt. Athos”. (interview about Athos “Ne stoit selo bez pravednika”)

The Death of Pierrot, Blok’s Puppet Booth and Goethe’s Faust were lifelong obsessions which he would characterise as “torrents”. Other “series” on recurring themes were loneliness, ladders and staircases, “waiting” (often at stations) and “signs” in abstracts and still life.

The Abbot’s Garden

1986, silkscreen, 50х65

“Athos is paradise for a monk”

From the sub-series “Legends from Mt. Athos” 1986, silkscreen, 43.6х51.5

Two monks

1987, dry point, 41х25

Three monks by monastery steps

1986, silkscreen, 50х62.5 


1986, silkscreen, dry point, 48х65

Double image

Monk with seagulls and two monks on steps 1986, dry…

Archimandrite Ieremia

1986, dry point, 19х12.5

Parent’s Saturday

1986, dry point, 21.8х18.5

Three monks with candles

2001, acrylic on canvas on hardboard, 52x122 In the collection…